Daniel Brezina was one of eight Washington College of Law (at American University) students investigated since May 25 for commenting in a class group online chat regarding Justice Samuel Alito’s leaked draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overruling Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Another law student complained that the students’ pro-abortion positions expressed during the discussion harassed and discriminated against him because they went against his religious beliefs.
The Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression took on Brezina’s case, and he was finally cleared of any wrongdoing by the school after more than six weeks of being investigated.
Wow. I was an adjunct professor of legal ethics at American. Apparently none of the universities I’ve been affiliated with have reliable ethics alarms.
Maybe it’s me.
1. How could this happen? How could that many ethics alarms fail in a law school? Of COURSE punishing a student for his opinions in a student discussion is unethical. Of COURSE it’s unconstitutional. If the law school administrators can’t figure these basics out, then the school itself as well as its law degree are suspect.
2. What’s going on here? Oh, it’s the usual, I assume: cowards. fool and weenies running the institution. American’s leadership was probably worried that since it has had episodes when it leaped on a complaint against conservative students for speech that made the rising leftist totalitarians on campus feel “unsafe,” it would be risking a lawsuit and bad publicity if the law school didn’t treat a complaint by a conservative with equal seriousness. Good plan!!!
Morons. Acting on any complaints from any side of the ideological spectrum when the offense is mere words and ideas is wrong, especially for a college and especially especially for a law school. This shouldn’t be hard, but apparently it is for American University. And you know they are not alone.
3. The student who filed the harassment complaint wrote that, “as a Republican, I find it insulting that conservatives would be thought of as overturning people’s civil rights…” This kind of thing is why the GOP has the reputation as “the stupid party.” ‘I find it insulting that people think people like me want to violate people’s civil rights, so I will now attempt to bully my law school into violating fellow students’ First Amendment right or free speech and their right of academic freedom.’
His evident cognitive issues may indicate why the Washington College of Law is not considered a top tier law school.
Source: Legal Insurrection